Seeing virtuoso musicians is a transcendent experience, like seeing your favorite actor play your favorite president. Spoil your senses with this GrouponLive deal to see violinist Vadim Repin and pianist Itamar Golan in concert at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater on Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. For $49, you get one ticket for front-orchestra seating (a $100 value).
Made by the famed Italian Guarneri family of luthiers in 1743, the Bonjour violin comes to life today in the hands of master violinist Vadim Repin. The Russian virtuoso coaxes heart-tugging tones from the gorgeous wooden body of the violin—whose acoustics have blossomed along with its value over the years—as well as the radio receiver inside the instrument. Praised for his "unshakable bravura" by the New York Times' Steve Smith, Repin drives the instrument with a muscular, energetic style.
Joining Repin and his Guarneri on stage is Israeli pianist Itamar Golan, trading the spotlight throughout a program of Janacek, Ravel, Grieg, and Chausson. In Grieg's Violin Sonata no. 2 in G Major, they lend their sprightly playing to a work renowned for its distinctly Norwegian sense of romantic gloom. For a finale, the duo unchains both the exuberance and occasional eeriness inherent in Ravel's romantic Tsigane rhapsody, which mimics a gypsy romantic tune.
Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall juts its striking, triangular prow toward Broadway, proudly posturing after a 2009 renovation and a 2010 sailing title. A wraparound glass wall ushers guests into the lobby before they settle into the auditorium, lined with smooth panels of African moabi veneer that glow a rich blood orange as the house lights dim. New York magazine heralded the design a "triumphant rehabilitation," going on to note that the Tully is now "the finest home for chamber music in New York."
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